Lance Edminster

He rested from all His work - Genesis 2:3

 The Bible says: “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV). God created all the hosts in the heavens and everything that exists throughout all galaxies and the universe. Is man going to start claiming they helped God create the entire universe? Is man going to start claiming they helped create the earth and all its existence? Sure, a man might be able to reproduce; however, a man can never make something from nothing and speak it into existence? Man will never be able to speak something into existence from nothing because man is the creation, and only God can speak something from nothing. I have heard not one person claim to have helped God create all the hosts of Heavens and everything in existence because the man was not even created at this point. The man was created into existence on the sixth day. On the seventh day, God rested from His Work because all the work was complete.

CREATION HAS A BEGINNING

Jesus Christ created all things: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3 KJV). Creation has a start date: There is a time when creation did not exist, and there is a set time when creation was spoken into existence. The ever-presence Jesus Christ spoke all creation into existence; however, there was a time when creation did not exist. Creation has a start date; creation has a beginning.

GOSPEL HAS BEEN FOREORDAINED / PREDESTINED

The Gospel was foreordained before the foundation of the world: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God” (I Peter 1:18-21 KJV). The Gospel was predestined before the foundation of the world: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:3-14 KJV). God the Father never “predestined” someone to Heaven or Hell; however, He predestined the process of salvation before the foundation of the world was created. The process of salvation has always been about Jesus Christ, will always be about Jesus Christ and forever be about the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal.

THE GOSPEL HAS NO BEGINNING

There was a time when creation did not exist, and one day, Jesus Christ spoke creation into existence. Before creation was ever spoken into existence, God the Father foreordained or predestined the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Man cannot lay claim to helping with creation because the man did not exist until the sixth day of creation. If a man cannot lay claim to helping with creation, how can man ever think he/she can add to the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ that was foreordained or predestined before creation ever existed? Man cannot add or take away from the Gospel because the Gospel existed before creation. The man suggests Jesus Christ did not do enough for salvation; however, God the Father, foreordained and predestined the process of salvation before man was even created. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega – He is the beginning and the end. To be an eternal Father, there has to be an eternal Son. To be an eternal Son, there has to be an eternal Father. The Father and Son are ONE! If Jesus Christ is from eternity past and exists forever into eternity future (He is the ever-presence God), this means the Gospel of Jesus Christ is from eternity past and exists forever into eternity future. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal – there is no beginning nor end: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6 KJV). The Gospel is not the following: Be a good person, become a church member, give money, get water baptized, go to confession, go through confirmation, faithfully serve the Lord, make a promise, say the sinners prayer, make Jesus Lord of your life, or, feel sorry for your sin. The Gospel is: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV).

IT IS FINISHED

If a man cannot make claims to helping “create” creation into existence, because the man was not created yet, how can he make claims to salvation that has been foreordained and the process predestined before creation ever existed? The work for salvation has already been done. “By the which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:10-12 KJV). “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30 KJV). Jesus Christ rested from all His Work: IT IS FINISHED! Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, documented in the scriptures alone, so, God receives the glory alone!

BELIEVE THE GOSPEL

If you have not believed, what is stopping you right now from believing? God loves you and has already died and resurrected to meet you. Believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, burial, and resurrection and receive the greatest gift ever, which is eternal life. Eternal life does not start when you die; eternal life starts the very second you believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. Why not trust in Jesus Christ today for salvation? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18 KJV).

If you know someone who is not saved, forward this message to them and share the greatest gift that one could ever receive.

Lance Edminster

The Good News Voice

Email: thegoodnewsvoice@gmail.com

Once Saved, Always Saved - “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:28-30 KJV).

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